Nah that's alright man don't worry about it.
I'm going to be using Atacama Nexus 6i stands, will be picking up some kiln dried sand a mate has sat in his shed to fill them with tomorrow, too.
Speaker wire, well I cam across this thread:
Having read the whole thread I decided it was worth a shot, 30M of the stuff just turned up today so we will see if it's as good as those people suggest. At just over £100 for 30M of the stuff I can't complaint with the price at all! I'm hoping it lives up to the reputation it earned on that thread.
Just waiting for all the gear to arrive at the hifi store now. Can't wait for that phone call...
i had qed revelation on the fronts and qed anniversary on the backs.i dont want to start a wire war on your thred but this work well for me.i think the arcam will be good,what dont you like about the yamaha
TBH there isn't anything I dislike about the Yammy on paper. Haven't heard it myself, but my primary concern here is musical performance and from what I've read, the Arcams offer the best music performance that can be had for this side of £2,000.
I've considered many different recievers - Gave serious thought to NAD, but the feature set is lacking - I do a lot of streaming FLACs and the lack of network connectivity put me off; Denon & Marantz some had very good reviews but none gave me the impression that the reviewer was genuinely immersed or taken aback by their musical performance.
I did get that impression reading reviews of the Arcam receivers, though.
post some pics when your finished.try and have a listen to the yamaha
Still 'reckon youl'l add an integrated stereo amp tho....
PanasonicTX-P46GT30B..Yamaha RX-A1010...Music Fidelity M3i...OPPO105EU...KEFR100/R200C/3001SE/HTB2SE...SkyHD2TB...QED Copper Speaker Cable /HDMI/Analogue...PS3...IPAD2
I'd love to try and listen to the (or a similar) Yammy but the local stores I've spoken to don't stock them, order only
I think the OH might notice
Besides, I'm hoping Bi-Amping the fronts will give good results
You really need to demo. I found the Yamaha to be brilliant for music. Sure Arcam is superior, but they're plagued with reliability issues.
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I hope your happy with your new avr,and more importantly content with the stereo presentation.....i have to work on my better half a year in advance of any upgrade....
I noticed, reading some threads especially on the AVR 400 they do seem to... exhibit characteristics, shall we say.
I have the latest firmware on USB stick ready to go and will exercise it fully during the first 30 days to show up any potential problems whilst I'm still legally entitled to a refund rather than repair / replacement.
And... I know exactly what you mean
mine broke but arcam gave me a new one,5 year guarantee,you cant beat that
I hope it works out for you......Arcam would be (and is) my AVR of choice.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
...Arcam would be (and is) my AVR of choice.
Will most likely be my choice when it's time to upgrade
AV: Sony KDL37w5500-Yamaha RXV2065-Monitor Audio RX8 AV12-Pioneer BDP320-Chord & QED cables and connects-------------
HI-FI: Arcam A38-Arcam CD37-Monitor Audio RX8-Chord cables and connects
It will be interesting to see how their new range will be received.
Yes it will. I'm a big arcam fan but all the problems people have had and the poor customer service may really harm their success. Lets hope they they greatly improve on these problems and continue to impress (some of us)
Well, I have my new toys.
I have to say, the lads at Arcam could do with some Japanese / Californian influence when it comes to writing the firmware for an AV receiver. Not a huge fan of the UI on the Arcam receivers.
With that out of the way, awesome! The build quality of the B&W CM series speakers is something else! And the REL subwoofer. They're definitely a leage above the B&W 6XX series. Just such a nice out of box experience.
Firmware updated on the Arcam, attempted to run the auto setup and it just fell flat on it's face so I've set the speaker distances and levels manually.
One thing I've noticed immediately is the "it just sounds right" nature of this kit. With my previous setup I was forever customizing the sound mode and settings depending on what programme material I was listening to but this just seems to... get it right.
I've been listening to some Dire Straits in stereo and had to check through the config / put my ear up against the centre as it sounded like sound was coming from the centre channel from my listening position. It wasn't. Just a nice bit of decent stereo imaging.
Whole thing sounds a bit lean still but then it's only got about 1Hr 30 on the clock so far, so will leave it strumming away overnight to wear everything in nicely.
I'm a bit embarrassed to post up pics of the setup as we're living with the in-laws at present while the apartment goes through and we re-model, so it's currently set up in our bedroom... I know, overkill decadance but it all has to be bought some time... Might as well be whilst we're waiting on other things go go through
Also: Cost. What do you all think on the deal I got? Here's the sum total:
B&W CM5 Pair, B&W CM Centre, B&W 686 Pair, REL T5 Subwoofer, Arcam AVR360 Receiver, Audioquest 3M Sub Cable. All new. Tot. £2,616.30
EDIT: I didn't have to trade in my old receiver to get the Arcam at a good price, I still have the Onkyo... I think perhaps mother will get it on her birthday
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